Share Your Oregon Story

Beyond the treats and good cheer, the holiday season is a time for telling stories. This holiday season, we're taking part. We want to hear your story about this special place called Oregon.

New Face of Farming is on the Road

The New Face of Farming initiative is on the road this week.  We're holding meetings around the state to get feedback from farmers on how Oregon's land-use laws can help them earn meaningful livelihoods. 

Strong Towns "Curbside Chat" Report Calls For New Development Paradigm

Strong Towns, a Minnesota-based nonprofit which seeks to help communities large and small find a sustainable development model, has published an intriguing report that unflinchingly assess the costs of the model of suburban development to municipal governments, and proposes bold ideas for communities' future.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Oregon Place

Do you have a favorite Oregon place? Perhaps it's a beloved park, campsite, or hiking trail. Or maybe it's a community, neighborhood, or body of water. Whatever kind of Oregon place you love, we want to hear about it! The best entry will be published in an upcoming issue of Landmark, our members-only journal to be mailed this fall.

September Oregon Stories: Launching the New Face of Farming Initiative

Farming and ranching in Oregon is an ever-changing enterprise, and the past few years have seen major changes in the ways Oregonians grow, purchase, and eat food. More and more, our state's residents are interested in eating the delicious products that are grown, raised, and prepared by other Oregonians. Meanwhile, the state's farms and ranches are increasingly linked in new ways to global marketplaces.These are both exciting trends. But does our land use system provide all the support it should to help farmers and ranchers succeed in this changing marketplace?

Partnership for Sustainable Communities Under Threat

Mon, 09/19/2011 (All day)

UPDATE, September 22: The Senate Appropriations Committee has restored funding to this essential program. Thank you to all who contacted their Senators. This vital program will be preserved and continue to provide the jobs and community enhancements that such a unique collaboration makes possible.

1000 Friends Willamette Valley Advocate to Speak at 2011 Oregon Planning Institute Conference

Mia Nelson, 1000 Friends Willamette Valley Advocate, has been selected as a speaker at the 2011 Oregon Planning Institute Conference, taking place September 14-16 at University of Oregon. 

Inspiration and Innovation: August Oregon Stories Celebrates Emerging Land Use Leaders

Without a doubt, Oregon raises and attracts some pretty inspiring people. At 1000 Friends, we celebrate these people every day: people who care about their communities and work to ensure that they are livable, economically vibrant, and environmentally aware. Sometimes, though, we like to take an extra moment to recognize their achievements and consider what we can learn from their example.

Study Shows How Local Businesses Support Meaningful Local Livelihoods

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated the clear connection between small, locally-owned businesses and sustainable local livelihoods and economies. The study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, examined a range of U.S. counties from 2000 to 2007, finding a strong positive correlation between the presence of small, locally-owned businesses and per capita income. Such positive correlations, the researchers found, do not extend as significantly to larger outside employers and businesses like big-box stores.

Where We Stand: July Oregon Stories Reviews the 2011 Legislature and the Future of Land Use Planning

It has been quite a year in Salem. The 2011 legislative session, with the first divided House in Oregon history, recently came to a close, capping several months of debate and struggle for the heart of Oregon's land use planning system. The close of this challenging session provides an opportunity to reassess the state of Oregon's land use planning system, and look toward how we can improve its effectiveness for the future. Our monthly Oregon Stories newsletter is dedicated to this question for July.

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